Configure This: How We'd Spec the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Look out for this very angry Italian, just not in red

The German super sports sedans have been put on notice. BMW, Mercedes and Audi now have to look over their shoulders for more than the Japanese (Lexus GS F) and the Brits (Jaguar XF R). There's an Italian moving into the neighborhood, and he doesn't like to play nice. It's the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, and he's a serious beast that also looks and sounds the part.

Is a Certified Pre-Owned Car Worth the Extra Money Over a Regular Used Car?

We delve deeper into this common used-car dilemma

On the surface, it may seem like a no-brainer. Certified pre-owned (CPO) all the way right? Well, the reality is a little more complicated because CPO cars come with a significant price hike. The question you have to ask yourself is if it's really worth it.

It's a Sad World When the Lexus GX 460 Outsells the Mazda CX-9

Badge and street cred apparently trump automotive excellence

In this world of crazy reasons to buy things, we take a closer look at sales figures for two well-known Japanese SUVs. The luxurious Lexus GX 460 ($51,680 base MSRP) and the sporty Mazda CX-9 ($31,520 base MSRP). Not only are they separated by the cost of an entire Honda HR-V (around $20K), they look, feel, and drive completely different from each other.

How Buying a Used Car For the First Time Changed My View About Car Shopping

A former "new only" devotee takes a sharp left turn

There was no question that I wanted to buy new, never considering for a second to buy a used car. I had grown up with my parents only buying new cars. They weren't extravagant people, but they insisted on never buying a used car because they simply didn't trust them. Buying a used car was tantamount to the dreaded "loaner swimsuit" in gym class.

Why the First Generation Audi Q7 Still Rocks

The new one is less exciting than we expected

It's not often in the car market when a newer model looks worse than one before it, but it does happen. Here are some examples: the 3rd-generation Ford Taurus, the 3rd-generation Mitsubishi Eclipse, and the 8th-generation Chevy Impala. Well, we sort of expect that from time-to-time with average priced cars but not from a premium German brand like Audi. It seems, however, that this is exactly what they did with the new Q7.

Autos 101: The Right Shoes Matter When You Drive

Think before you put on those stilettos or huge hiking boots

Race car drivers wear thin-soled shoes that are well-fitted so they can feel the pedals under their feet and maintain optimal control over the vehicle. The heels of their shoes are also well-suited to move from throttle to brake and back with minimal interruption and maximum flexibility. Consider the shoes you drive in and evaluate whether or not they're appropriate for driving.

The Only Ugly Cars Left in 2017

We won't call them hideous, but they're far from handsome

It's not like decades ago when we had fuglys like the Nissan Pulsar NX, Pontiac Aztek, Renault Fuego, Ford Tempo and the Chevy Citation. But that also doesn't mean that all the ugly cars are gone. Now that 2017 has kicked off, we take a look at the worst ones that are still on dealer lots and, sadly, still driving around on the open road for everyone to gawk at.

How and Why Mazda Should Build the Next Mazdaspeed 6

The goods already exist. All that's missing is the will.

Mazda sales are on the rise with their new cars, but they need an injection power sooner than later. Ford just created the powerful all-wheel-drive Fusion Sport, and the existing 184 hp Mazda6 is excellent but lacks power to back up the steering and handling. A new Mazdaspeed 6 would be just the right car.

Will Anyone Buy a Hybrid Mustang?

Even if the car is good, it could be a hard sell

Ford wants to build a hybrid Mustang. This move makes sense. Hybrid and electric powertrains are the future. However, gasoline powered cars still outsell hybrids and probably still will by 2020. A hybrid Mustang has us a bit worried. Will anyone actually buy the thing?

Does the Demise of the 3-Series GT Signal the End of Ugly BMWs?

Apparently, pregnant BMWs aren't that appealing

It remains a mystery to us why the BMW GT models ever made it to the market. Sure, they're more capacious than the cars from which they're birthed (3-Series and 5-Series), and the convenient hatchback allows for easy access and gear storage. Too bad they're as ugly as a love child between Sandra Bernhard and Manuel Noriega.

New Year's Resolution: Drive at or Barely Above the Speed Limit

It makes driving more relaxing and more efficient

Any idiot with a heavy foot can drive fast. Hell, you see these morons out there on the road every day. They don't allow any room between cars, speed up at every opportunity and exceed the speed limit on highways beyond what's reasonable (more than 10 mph). Oddly, they don't actually get to their destination that much faster, as studies show. In fact, it's been proven that only car trips that go more than 500 miles benefit from driving faster.

New Year's Resolution: Watch for Idiot Red Light Runners at Intersections

Never assume that a green light means you should go

This week, we're focusing on some driving resolutions for the new year that will have you safer, wiser and pretty much just better off on the road. Today's resolution is easy but crucial. If you've ever seen a distracted or careless driver go right through a red light (not a yellow but clearly red), then you know how dangerous it can be.

The 6 Cars We Hated in 2016

These turds are worthy of some serious automotive ire

We've heard people say that there are no truly bad cars anymore. Well, those folks are wrong. Crappy cars are still rolling off assembly lines, and we drove a few duds this year. To be fair, there weren't many. Most cars, CUVs, SUVs and pickup trucks are actually very good. Even models we weren't ecstatic about proved to be rather enjoyable. Despite this, it didn't stop us from hating a number of vehicles.

Why Every Major Automotive Brand Should Have a Midsize Pickup

A little truck from everyone makes a lot of sense

The midsize pickup category has seen some interesting activity recently, with the new Ridgeline, GMC Canyon, Chevrolet Colorado and Toyota Tacoma kicking butt all year long. All in all, things are moving in the right direction-towards a future reality where every brand out there has a midsize pickup in its lineup. This is good. This only makes sense. Here are some reasons why.

The Web2Carz 2016 Automotive Design of The Year: The Jaguar F-PACE

The right proportions and that Jaguar ethos hit the mark

acy sport utility vehicles are here to stay, as evidenced by the burgeoning segment. No longer does the label only exist with the likes of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche. Now, there are other players in the fray, including the Maserati Levante and the Jaguar F-PACE. And no longer is great design relegated to just cars. Premium manufacturers have come to realize that they've got to style their SUVs with just as much panache, or even more so, as their cars.